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Falcons QB Matt Ryan good, but not good enough Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) A strong performance by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday was not strong enough to overcome Pittsburgh.

Ryan finished 26 of 37 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Not bad considering he completed just 2 of 4 for 14 yards in the first quarter and fired a pick on a horrible throw to begin the second. He recovered to hit Devin Hester for a 17-yard score several minutes later and Roddy White on a 4-yarder early in the fourth.

His second half began with a bang when he found Hester for 46 yards. Ryan, who threw for 196 yards after intermission, will attempt to guide his team to a win next Sunday at New Orleans.


Matt Ryan able to stand, deliver


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/9/2014) After struggling most of the season behind a depleted offensive line, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan appears to be comfortable in the pocket again, leading his team on a frantic comeback bid with four touchdown passes Week 14 at Green Bay. It was his first game with more than two touchdown passes since Week 4. He had three touchdown passes in three of his first four games.

Though all the touchdowns were something new, the turnaround actually began for Ryan in Week 12, when he threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland. In that game, he had four passes of 20 yards or more, up from one in Week 11. He had three in Week 13 and five in this one.

Sounds to me like he's getting more time to throw the ball, and the number of sacks he has taken during that three-game stretch (a total of five) reflects the same. If the Falcons' reworked offensive line has jelled enough for him to keep his sights downfield -- and he recognizes what a luxury that is now -- making Julio Jones more of a priority than ever, he could be in for a big finish, especially since his matchups the next two weeks against the Steelers and Saints have the makings of shootouts.


Matt Ryan throws four second-half touchdowns in shootout loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan heated up in the second half at Green Bay on Monday night and finished 24 of 39 for 375 yards and a season-high four touchdowns with one interception. All four scores came after halftime as Atlanta nearly rallied from a 24-point deficit.

Ryan posted his fourth 300-yard passing game this season and added 23 yards on two rushes. His favorite receiver, by far, was Julio Jones. The duo hooked up 11 times for 259 yards and a score, including a 79-yard completion on the first play from scrimmage after halftime. Ryan also threw scoring passes to Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Eric Weems.

Up to 25 touchdowns, Ryan plays the Steelers in Week 15.


Falcons' Matt Ryan tosses two scores Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed two scores Week 13 against the Cardinals.

Ryan completed 30 of 41 passes for 361 yards and two scores. He also tossed one interception during the contest. Ryan got a ton of production out of his starting receivers. Julio Jones burned Arizona for 189 yards and a score. Harry Douglas also went over 100 yards. Nineteen of Ryan's 30 completions went to Jones and Douglas. Ryan looked strong early, tossing both touchdowns in the first quarter, but couldn't find the end zone again versus the tough Cardinals defense. He also had 4 rushing yards on three attempts. 

Ryan will look for more Week 14 against the Packers.


Matt Ryan produces just one touchdown against Bucs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Facing the league's 31st ranked pass defense, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 20 of 31 throws for 219 yards and a touchdown in the Week 10 win at Tampa Bay. Ryan has thrown just six touchdown passes over his past five games.

Sunday, he hit wideout Roddy White for a 5-yard score in the fourth quarter. Earlier he had receiver Julio Jones wide open for a 48-yard score. But Ryan underthrew him and the pass was knocked away. Receiver Devin Hester dropped a touchdown pass, too.

Ryan, who has one 300-yard game since the opener, rushed three times for 9 yards. He visits the Panthers in Week 11.


Matt Ryan worth a shot this week


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2014) If you haven't checked out the latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em, you may not know that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for Week 10. One of the reasons Jamey Eisenberg points out in the column is that Ryan has scored at least 27 Fantasy points in each of his last three games coming off a bye, but the bigger reason for me is just the matchup.

Ryan doesn't need a healthy offensive line to move the ball against the Buccaneers. They rank 31st against the pass, allowing 285.3 yards per game, and have given up the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

Plus, Ryan had one of his better games in his earlier meeting with them this season, throwing for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3. His offensive line was healthier then, sure, but even a second-string unit should be able to get by against this defense.

With all the injuries to his offensive line, Ryan has become a risky play in general, but this week, both Jamey and Dave Richard rank him among their top seven quarterbacks.


QB Matt Ryan feels Falcons can bounce back in second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Falcons open the second half of the season with a 2-6 record and mired in a five-game losing streak. Despite the struggles, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan remains confident Atlanta can have a strong second half.

"We've done some things well on the offensive side of the ball, but we're missing a play here or a play there," Ryan said, per ESPN. "And it's kind of a different thing each week. ... It's kind of across the board, we've made mistakes. And we've looked at it. 

"I think guys have had a chance to really look in the mirror; take a good, hard look at themselves and self-evaluate. I think guys have the right mindset. I really do." 

Ryan also talked about where he can make improvements in the second half.

"Just making plays when they're there," he said. "Specifically in the fourth quarter. When there are opportunities that present themselves, you've got to hit them. It's not revolutionary or anything crazy. It is what it is. When the plays are there, we've got to make them. 

"I think a theme for us has to be being opportunistic. There are different points throughout a game where opportunities present themselves, and we've got good enough players that we've got to make those plays when they present themselves. That's kind of going to be my focus heading into this week." 


Falcons QB Matt Ryan cools off after fast start in Week 8


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan cooled off after a fast start in Sunday's Week 8 defeat to the Lions in London.

Ryan got off to a rapid-fire start, firing a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. He hooked up with Devonta Freeman for a 7-yard touchdown strike on the opening drive, followed by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Bear Pascoe on the ensuing drive. He cooled off in the second half and was picked off by Cassius Vaughn in the third quarter.

Ryan compiled for 228 yards through the, 160 of which came in the first half. He completed 20 of 27 passes with two touchdowns and one interception, registering a 108.3 passer rating. He was sacked twice and finished with 6 rushing yards.

The Falcons are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at Tampa Bay.


Might be time to sit Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) After he lost his fourth starting offensive lineman for the season in what his third straight game with just one touchdown pass, I suggested Fantasy owners might consider sitting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for Week 8 against the Lions in London. Turns out Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard are completely on board with that, ranking him only 20th among quarterbacks.

Granted, the Saints' Drew Brees managed to find a way against them last week, but it doesn't change the fact that the Lions have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks by far. And most of the ones they've faced still had their offensive lines intact.

Part of Ryan's problem is that he just doesn't have time to throw the ball downfield, and that's not going to improve with his starting center now gone. The Lions, as you might expect from their ranking, have a terrific pass rush. They're tied for third with 21 sacks. They're also one of three teams that have recorded more interceptions than they've allowed touchdown passes.

Even if everything was hunky-dory for Ryan and he was coming off a stretch where he looked like Peyton Manning, he'd be a candidate to sit with such a tough matchup. As things currently stand for him and the Falcons, it's a no-brainer move.


Disturbing trend developing for Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) Through the first four weeks of the season, the Falcons' Matt Ryan looked like he was back to being one of the elite quarterbacks in Fantasy after struggling with a depleted receiving corps behind a poor offensive line last year.

But after his third straight game with just one touchdown pass Week 7 at Baltimore, he's looking more like his 2013 self again.

It's understandable given all the injuries to his offensive line. Center Peter Konz, who hurt his knee in Week 7, becomes the fourth starter lost to injury, after Sam Baker, Joe Hawley and Lamar Holmes. Ryan's receiving corps may be intact, but his offensive line is again poor.

Now, he was still plenty usable in Fantasy in 2013, throwing for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns, including 1,355 and eight in his final five games. But he wasn't a slam-dunk starter every week, and he isn't now either.

With a tough matchup in London Week 8 against Detroit, he's a candidate to sit in Fantasy.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan's October struggles continue Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for just one touchdown Sunday, as the Falcons dropped a fourth straight game during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore. Ryan completed 29 of 44 passes for 228 yards, while rushing for 7 yards and losing one fumble.

Ryan was under constant pressure all game and was sacked five times. Ryan had just 54 passing yards by halftime and was taken down for a safety late in the fourth quarter. His lone touchdown pass was a 4-yard completion to Roddy White with 7:12 left in the game.

Ryan hasn't had a multitouchdown game in three October starts. He has three touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this month. The Falcons are back in action in Week 8 against the Lions.


Struggling Matt Ryan heads into tough matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has failed to score multiple touchdowns in the team's past two games, and will try to end that trend against a tough matchup, with the Ravens on the way in Week 7.

The Ravens have held four of six opposing quarterbacks to one touchdown or less this season, though each of the multiple-score games came in the past two weeks. Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon is the only passer to toss multiple touchdowns against the Ravens this season, which he did in Week 6.

Ryan has now failed to reach 20 Fantasy points in each of the last two games and three of six overall. He has a limited history against the Ravens, although he did toss three touchdowns against them in their lone meeting, back in 2010.

At this point, Ryan and the Falcons' passing game is sputtering much more than we expected. Ryan should still be productive, but he makes for a risky play against a defense that is holding quarterbacks to 17.0 Fantasy points per game, the eighth-lowest total in the league. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have Ryan ranked 17th among quarterbacks for Week 7, so consider him a risky start. 


For Matt Ryan, it all comes down to pressue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has struggled with his consistency this season, posting three games with 25-plus Fantasy points and two with 16 or fewer. What should his Fantasy owners expect in Week 6 with the Bears on the schedule?

Ryan's two worst performances of the season have come in Week 2 against the Bengals and Week 5 against the Giants, and those one thing in common. Ryan was pressured on 38.9 percent of his 95 dropbacks in those two games per ProFootballFocus.com, compared to just 31.6 percent in his other three games. It is simple and obvious, but Ryan has struggled considerable more this season when pressured.

Fortunately for Ryan, this is not a Bears defense that has done a great job pressuring the quarterback. Through five games, they have gotten pressure on just 30.9 percent of their opponents' dropbacks, despite ranking 11th in the league with 11 sacks. If the Bears give Ryan time to operate in a clean pocket, he will pick them apart.

The Bears have mostly held up well against opposing quarterbacks, though they have also benefitted from a pretty easy schedule. Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers have racked up 54 Fantasy points against the Bears over the last two weeks, while Geno Smith and EJ Manuel managed just 33 combined points in two games; Chicago's most impressive performance came in holding Colin Kaepernick to 13 Fantasy points in Week 2.

Ryan gets the added benefit of playing at home, where he has six touchdowns and no interceptions in two starts. Ryan deserves to be in your starting lineup for Week 6 despite a subpar effort last week.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan throws for 316 yards in Week 5 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan surpassed 300 yards Sunday against the Giants, but it wasn't enough as New York won 30-20. Ryan completed 29 of 45 passes for 316 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Ryan's lone touchdown pass came in the in the third quarter when he dumped a pass off to Antone Smith, who made one defender miss and then outran the rest of the defense for a 74-yard touchdown.

Sunday was the first time since Week 1 Ryan threw for more than 300 yards. However, it was the second time this season he was held to less than three passing touchdowns.

The Falcons are back in action Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Matt Ryan tosses three scores Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns Week 4 against the Vikings.

Ryan completed 25 of 41 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan also threw two interceptions during the contest. Even with Harry Douglas out, Ryan was able to take advantage of his top three receivers. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Devin Hester all managed at least 70 yards during the contest. White and Hester managed to haul in touchdowns, as did fullback Patrick DiMarco.

Ryan will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Can Matt Ryan keep it going?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) When the Falcons travel to Minnesota in Week 4, quarterback Matt Ryan will be taking on the same defense that Drew Brees was supposed to torch in Week 3. That didn't exactly happen. Brees was decent enough, throwing for 293 yards and two touchdowns, but he didn't have the type of game his owners were hoping for when they drafted him.

That's no reason to shy away from Ryan this week. His performance Week 2 at Cincinnati gives you reason to question his consistency, as good as he was the other two weeks, but even if the Vikings defense did show a little something against the Saints, it's not the Bengals defense. The Bengals defense is looking like it might have reached another level with the way it followed up that Week 2 performance against the Titans last week. It may, in fact, be beyond matchups.

And in case you haven't noticed, Ryan is too. Don't let one disappointment interfere with a good thing, whether this week or beyond.


T.J. Yates gets some time Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates saw some time Thursday against the Falcons.

Yates completed 3 of 4 passes for 64 yards. His only incompletion was a big one, as the Buccaneers managed to intercept and run back the pass for a score. 

Yates will take on the Vikings Week 4. 


Matt Ryan dominates before early exit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was dominant against the Falcons Thursday night.

Ryan completed 21 of 24 attempts, for 286 yards and three scores. He did all of this before the end of the third quarter. With the Falcons up 42-0, Ryan was pulled from the game. Tampa had no answers for the Falcons offense, allowing Ryan to drive the ball up and down the field with ease. Ryan also had one rushing attempt for 2 yards.

Ryan will look for more Week 4 against the Vikings. 


Matt Ryan expects offense to get back on track Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Falcons amassed just 309 yards and 10 points in a Week 2 loss at Cincinnati after totaling 568 yards and 37 points in a Week 1 win vs. New Orleans. Quarterback Matt Ryan expects the offense to get back on track heading into Thursday's showdown with the Bucs, per ESPN.

"On a positive note, I think there are some things we've done well, more so in Week 1 than Week 2,'' Ryan said Tuesday. "But I think the run game has been pretty efficient up until this point. We need to continue to be efficient in the run game. 

"And then in terms of the pass game, I think that's an area ... we just need to be more consistent. One of the thing that we've seen is that one week, we're capable of making a bunch of explosives. The following week, we're not. We've got to get to a point where week in and week out, we show up and play the way that we're capable of."


Nothing goes right for Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) After winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 1 with a career-best performance against the Saints, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan couldn't have looked any different Week 2 at Cincinnati. His receivers had no room to run after the catch in the first half, leading to just 60 yards on 10-of-17 passing, which forced him to take chances downfield in the second half, resulting in three interceptions.

In the end, he was 24-of-44 passing for 231 yards -- a decent total but a far cry from the 448 he had in Week 1. Of his interceptions, the first was on a well-located pass that bounced off the hands of tight end Levine Toilolo, and the third was on a desperation heave downfield on the team's final position. The second one, though, was costly, coming with the Falcons on the verge of scoring their first touchdown deep in Bengals' territory late in the third quarter.

Ryan did have one highlight, finding wide receiver Julio Jones on a 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter for his only touchdown on the day. He also ran three times for 28 yards.

He'll have a short week to prepare for his next opponent, the Buccaneers, who will visit Atlanta Thursday night.


Matt Ryan begins year with career day


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made use of every weapon in his arsenal en route to a career-best 448 passing yards Week 1 against the Saints. He completed 31 of 43 passes and threw for three touchdowns -- a 2-yarder to Roddy White in the second quarter, a 1-yarder to Levine Toilolo in the third quarter and a 54-yarder to Antone Smith in the third quarter. He also ran for 15 yards on three carries.

Of the nine receivers who caught passes from him, four caught five or more and five went for more than 50 yards. Ryan's old favorite, Julio Jones, led the way with seven catches for 116 yards, but newcomer Devin Hester had five catches for 99 yards.

As has been the case throughout his career, Ryan was at his best with the clock winding down, completing a 39-yard pass to White to set up a field goal just before halftime and a 21-yarder to Hester to put the Falcons in position for a game-tying field goal with less than a minute to go in regulation.

Ryan will look to keep it going Week 2 at the Bengals, who gave up 345 passing yards to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Week 1.


Matt Ryan begins with familiar foe


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made the most of his opening-week matchup against the Saints last season, completing 25 for 38 passes for 304 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The hope is he can do something similar with the Saints coming to town in Week 1.

While last year's opener was at New Orleans, this one is at home, where Ryan went without a touchdown against the Saints in Week 12 last year. But he was without star wide receiver Julio Jones in that game. The Saints did rank second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, but against the Falcons, coming off a year in which they threw the ball more often than any other team, that probably won't impact a Ryan's numbers too much. It certainly didn't limit his yardage last year. Even in that Week 12 meeting, he threw for 292.

Bottom line: Based on where you drafted Ryan, you'd need an awfully good reason to consider sitting him in Fantasy, and this matchup against the Saints isn't it. Jamey Eisenberg ranks him ninth among quarterbacks for the week, and Dave Richard is even more optimistic, ranking him sixth.


Matt Ryan strikes paydirt twice in third exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looked sharp in Saturday's dress rehearsal game against the Titans.

Ryan hooked up with Devin Hester for a short pass and the return specialist/receiver took it 31 yards for a score. He then found Julio Jones for a 52-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He played into the third quarter and compiled 224 yards through the air while completing 18 of 23 passes. He added two touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 136.2 passer rating.

Matt Ryan goes perfect in first preseason action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looked sharp in his first taste of the preseason Friday night at home against Miami.

Ryan marched his team to a 15-play, 77-yard drive in the opening series, capped by a Jacquizz Rodgers 2-yard touchdown run. He was pulled for T.J. Yates in the ensuing drive. Ryan completed all seven of his pass attempts for 53 yards, finishing with a 98.2 quarterback rating.

Tony Gonzalez: Matt Ryan not an elite quarterback yet


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Retired Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told ESPN The Magazine that quarterback Matt Ryan is not an elite quarterback. "Matt's an excellent quarterback," Gonzalez said, "But he's not elite. He's this close. He'll get there, but he has some learning to do."

Ryan is coming off a down year in which he threw 26 touchdown passes and committed 21 turnovers. He'll benefit from a healthy Julio Jones in 2014.